Laurence Drivon School of Law
Interested applicants should contact the Law school for more information. Inquiry may be made in writing, in person, or by phone. Interested persons are encouraged to speak directly with an admission counselor at (209) 478-0800. The application is available online.
The Admission Committee considers a candidate’s academic achievement and performance on the LSAT. Also considered are references, motivation, work experience, civic involvement and maturity. Maturity and the ability to show completion of goals through hard work is highly considered.
Decisions are made when an application and all supporting documents have been received by the Law School. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documents are received by the Registrar in a timely manner. Admission decisions are made on an on-going basis. The college prefers to receive applications by June 1 for the upcoming fall quarter; however, applications will be accepted past this date as long as space is available.
The school year starts the third week in August; classes for the first year start twice a year, once in August, and once in November. The last Law School Admission Test (LSAT) that will qualify a student for admission in a particular year is given in June of that year. See below for information on the LSAT test. Students are encouraged to take the LSAT as soon as they believe they may be interested in attending law school.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Completed application along with non-refundable application fee.
- Two copies of official transcripts of all previous college work.
- LSAT scores. Results within the last three years are acceptable.
- At least one letter of recommendation.
- For those students without the college requirements see the section on Special Students below.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test prepared and written and graded by a national organization, LSAC, designed to measure the ability to read, understand, and reason at the law school level. The LSAT is offered at Humphreys College in October, December, February, and June. Contact the Admission Office for registration materials, dates and fees.
The Law School prefers candidates who possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
However, the Law School does admit students without a Bachelor’s degree who meet certain other requirements. Candidates fall into two main admission categories:
Regular Applicants are applicants who either:
- Hold Bachelor’s degrees from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific major or course of study is required. These students constitute the majority of our student body; or
- Have earned 60 semester or 90 quarter units creditable toward a Bachelor's degree, as determined by the Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law Registrar. These applicants will need to demonstrate a higher LSAT score.
Special Student Applicants are applicants who complete the following requirements:
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students must take the English Composition exam and may choose two from the following: Humanities, Mathematics, Social Sciences and History, or Natural Science.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Interview with the Dean of the Law School.
- Obtain a score of 50 percentile or better on the LSAT
- Passage of the First-Year Law Students Examination (A Baby Bar) following completion of the first year of study.
Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law, with its WASC accreditation, is pleased to be able to offer Financial Aid in the form of student loans. Such loans are awarded to students who demonstrate need or who qualify for non-need based aid. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed to qualify for and receive any federal financial assistance. Financial Aid applications are processed throughout the year.
Several scholarships are offered directly through the School of Law. The Laurence Drivon Scholarships are awarded each fall to qualifying students in the fourth and second years of study. The Wallace Caldwell Scholarship is awarded each year to the qualifying student at the end of the second year of study. Other new scholarships are in the process of being established.